[OSM-dev] Pointers for API documentation?

Joshua Layne joshua at willowisp.net
Sat Apr 29 03:36:56 BST 2006

Hi Dan,
Thanks for the information - I have taken a look at both the Tiger 
Import and the REST api.  I also saw the arguments around not using GPX 
and while I certainly do not presume to question those decisions, are 
there any thoughts towards interoperability with other systems (perhaps 
through a GPX-REST translation gateway)?

Finally, WRT to the Tiger data, do you know if the census includes 
unique IDs for nodes, etc...?  If so, this would seem to be a rational 
key for information exchange - is there going to be any mapping between 
Tiger IDs and OSM IDs?

Again, I appreciate the information - I apologize if my questions seem 
somewhat basic.

Dan Karran wrote:

> On 4/27/06, joshua <joshua at willowisp.net> wrote:
>> My name is Joshua Layne - I am a user and list reader of roadmap (an 
>> open source map/gps viewer).  There have been some enhancements made 
>> to this program by others that allow for GPS path recording and 
>> annotation within the roadmap framework (perhaps similar to the Qt 
>> based app mentioned on your site).  roadmap uses processed tiger data 
>> to generate its maps, and as I am in california - I should be happy 
>> :)  But in many counties, the census data is inaccurate and I would 
>> love to be able to 'correct these paths' while using them (only while 
>> stopped at lights, etc... :) and then upload the corrected 'shifts' - 
>> openstreetmap seems to be a very good fit for this.  roadmap has a 
>> plugin architecture that would probably allow for an 'openstreetmap' 
>> plugin, whereby users could upload their annotated paths directly 
>> from the program.
> There's an ongoing project to import the TIGER data into
> Openstreetmap, so it'll be easy for anyone to go in then and change
> the information.
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/TIGER
>> Is there interest in this from your project?  If so, are there 
>> documented APIs for uploading (again, perhaps from the Qt-based 
>> system)?  I would very much appreciate any pointers to existing docs, 
>> etc... and also a feel for whether this is a good fit with your project.
> Have you seen the REST API page on the wiki? There's documentation on
> there for most of the interfaces.
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/REST
> Cheers,
> Dan
> -- 
> Dan Karran
> dan at karran.net
> www.dankarran.com

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